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ReShonda Tate Billingsley's 'Let The Church Say Amen' Optioned For BET Original, Regina King Directs

by Vanessa Martinez
July 4, 2012 3:53 PM
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According to author ReShonda Tate Billingsby, winner of the Gold Pen Award for Best New Author for My Brother's Keeper, her 2005 novel Let The Church Say Amen will be adapted as a BET Original film, which is set to be directed by actress Regina King and produced by Queen Latifah's Flava Unit Company.

Here's what the author had to say about the project via her blog:


I am thrilled to finally be able to say we are moving forward with Let the Church Say Amen...the movie!!! 

Some of you know this has been a long journey filled with delays and frustrations. But patience pays off! Let the Church Say Amen is going into production in August. Talented actress Regina King is still on board to make her directorial debut, and I'm ecstatic to share the news that Queen Latifah's Flava Unit Company will produce what will be among the first in original movies for BET!  

BET is revamping their original programming and I am so honored to be in their family! On the next update, I hope to be able to give you casting, and specific details, but for now, join me in celebrating seeing a huge dream come true!!! 

No other information regarding the production has been released, but I'm sure we'll hear something sooner than later.

Let The Church Say Amen centers around a Reverend of a renowned small church in Houston; while the reverend seems to be doing a fine job mentoring his church, his family is under chaos.

Here's a full description of the book by Amazon:

Reverend Simon Jackson has always felt destined to lead and he's done a good job of it, transforming his small Houston church into one of the most respected and renowned in the region. But while the good Reverend's been busy tending his flock, his family's gone astray. His nineteen-year-old daughter, Rachel, gives new meaning to "baby mama drama." Crazy in love with her son's father, she's wreaking havoc on the man's life, even though he's about to marry another woman. David, Simon's oldest at twenty-seven, has been spiraling downward ever since a knee injury ended a promising football career. These days he's seeking solace in drugs -- even feeding his habit by stealing church offerings. Blessedly, twenty-three-year-old Jonathan, a college graduate and the apple of Simon's eye, is poised to take his father's side as associate pastor -- or so everyone thinks.

Loretta has been a devoted wife to Simon, but she's beginning to realize that enabling him to give more to the church than to his children was her biggest mistake. As things begin to fall apart and secrets are revealed, will Loretta be able to help her husband reunite their tattered family before it's too late?

Let the Church Say Amen is a powerful journey through one family's trials -- and a remarkable story of reconciliation and love.

I haven't read the book, so I don't really know what to expect. Have you? Are you excited about the film adaptation?

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  • Josh | January 7, 2013 6:29 PMReply

    I can't wait. I have read the book.

  • Chuck Eaves | October 10, 2012 4:27 PMReply

    As I write this, cameras and crew are in my church, the Peachtree Road
    Methodist Church in Atlanta. Very cool.

  • Louis | August 9, 2012 11:52 PMReply

    Yes Michelle Vanderwater would definitely be great for this movie!

  • Stacy | August 9, 2012 5:33 PMReply

    I agree Michelle Van der water would be great for this movie!! She is a wonderful & up and coming actress. I love her in Single Ladies. She really need more lines!!

  • Astro | August 9, 2012 5:12 PMReply

    Michelle Van der water would be perfect for this movie she is a great actress and I know she would be a great addition to the cast.

  • ALM | July 5, 2012 9:38 PMReply

    I haven't read the book, but I love Regina King's work! I just wish that it wasn't going to/through BET.

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